Summer is here which means one thing: lazy brunches. Now I’ve heard the name Sonoma buzzing around for several years, but not having had one cross my path, I put it down as sandwiches for the elite. (I mean the name sounds like a school for alternative learning.) But after checking out their latest café in Woollahra I realised just how humble their origins are – it’s a family business with its roots in small town NSW. Yes, the business is bread, but it’s what they do with it (to quote The Castle). With most options around the ten buck mark, you can’t go wrong; but do try the Braised Spiced Pork Sandwich ($10) with apple chutney nestled betwixt Miche loaf. The bread is deliciously chewy with a caramelized crust. For a perfectly rounded brunch, go the Gravlax ($15) with boiled egg, ricotta, avocado and seeded rye sourdough (and generous helpings of each). Quiches ($7) are good, as are pastries. We’re told that as it’s Sunday, the “pastry shelf has been pillaged”; but we hustle a mini Carrot Cake ($5) capping it off with Sydney’s favourite roaster, Single Origin, supplying the beans. If, like me, you’re late to the picnic with Sonoma, put it on your 2013 to-do list.
Shop 5, 156 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra
Ph: (02) 9388 0044 sonoma.com.au